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Melanoma Monday 5 Things You Need to Know

by GregP_WN.

Monday, May 2nd is Melanoma Monday, and May is skin cancer awareness and prevention month. Here are 5 things you need to know about melanoma, and one of them is that it's NOT "one of the good cancers". 

"Looking Good" a skin cancer PSA from the American Acadamy of Dermatology 

#LookingGoodin2016
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American...

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Chemo Vs. Radiation - The Pros and Cons

by GregP_WN.

When you are given that diagnosis of Cancer, one of  the first things that might come to your mind is one or both of the most common forms of treating it, chemotherapy and radiation. You have probably heard all of the horror stories about each of them, ask 100 people that have never had either and you will probably get 100 different stories, and maybe a few of them will have some fact in them. 

Chemo Vs. Radiation

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But ask 100 people that have had both types of treatment and they will give you...

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10 Ways to Cope With Chemo Treatments

by GregP_WN.

One of the most feared parts of a cancer diagnosis is the chemotherapy. Talk to anyone who has never had cancer and that's one of the first things they will bring up. Many people start repeating the stories they have heard, the myths that have been passed around about how horrible chemo is. I have heard many people say, "it's not cancer that kills you, it's the chemo". 

10 Ways To Cope With Chemo, What Next

Note that these are usually those who have never even been in a treatment facility much less had chemo themselves. In...

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How Can You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer?

by GregP_WN.

WhatNexter "JHale17" recently posed this question to the Community about getting back to being "happy" when dealing with cancer. The questions are; can you, did you ever lose happiness, were you happy to begin with? There is a lot to consider, but happiness is a state of mind, and if you can control your view of your life, your space in the world, and compare that to others, you may find it's easier to be happy than you think!

How Do You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer

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Some people never actually lose their happiness. They have the...

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Cancer and Taxes - What You Need to Know

by GregP_WN.

Tax time is here again! Who needs that now especially while you're having to deal with your cancer treatments, appointments, side effects and everything else that comes with a cancer diagnosis, right? As aggravating as it may be to file your taxes, it still has to be done, cancer or not. Here are 4 things you need to know.

Cancer And Taxes

1) Figure out which expenses you can deduct on your taxes. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer you’ve probably spent a lot more on your healthcare this year. Chances are...

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The Top 5 Ways to Relieve Cancer Stress

by GregP_WN.

“How To Relieve Stress” is the most-searched phrase on Google. Why? Because we’re all stressed out by modern life and we don’t know how to calm down!! But we asked you, WhatNexters, to tell us how you keep your stress under control. We all know that stress wreaks havoc on your body, and when you already have cancer making its presence known, well…keeping stress at bay becomes even more important.

Top 5 Ways To Relieve Stress

So here are the Top 5 Stress-Relieving Tips from the WhatNext community!

1) Get plenty of...

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5 Products Every Cancer Patient Should Have

by GregP_WN.

We asked you, WhatNexters, for examples of the products you’ve loved to use on your cancer journey. These are products you couldn’t live without, products that made a world of difference. And we’d love to add to the list! So be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below. But for now, here are five products WhatNexters themselves have recommended for cancer treatment:

Black Hat Cancer


1) TLC Hats for Hair Loss — As people cope with hair loss, many turn to hats, scarves, and other accessories for comfort...

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Taking it "One Day at a Time" - When Dealing With Cancer

by GregP_WN.

If you have been diagnosed for any length of time at all, someone has probably told you to "just take it one day at a time".  OK, great, but how? What does this even mean? We asked the WhatNext Community how they did this, and these are some of the tips they gave on how to do that. 

Take It One Day At A Time

HeidiJo - "When I was having a bad day, I would think " let's get through today, tomorrow will be better" But sometimes the day was so bad, I couldn't imagine having to wait until tomorrow for it to be...

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Cancer Care Baskets for the Chemo Patient

by GregP_WN.

When a friend or loved one is about to start chemo, or even if they’re smack-dab in the middle of it, receiving a “Cancer Care Basket” can be an uplifting moment. But what should you put in it? Because as we all know, some gifts are more appropriate than others; and while technically “it’s the thought that counts,” you’ll have to dig a little deeper because chemo is a beast. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

Small Care Baskets For Chemo Patients

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The Tiny Basket

A Tiny Basket won’t take up much room, but everything...

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Just Diagnosed? Top 10 Things You Need to do Now

by GregP_WN.

When we are told "you have cancer", everything seems to go into a slow motion fog filled movie sequence. You don't hear or understand much that's said after that and you feel kind of numb. Don't panic, this is normal! But there are a few things you need to do now, before getting too far into it.

10 Things To Do After A Cancer Diagnosis

1) Breath - Catch your breath and slow your mind down. It is estimated that there will be over 1,685,000 cancer diagnoses in 2016, cancer is treatable and beatable.

2) Ask for all the information...

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